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Graphic Design Lead

In a nutshell:

IDEO San Francisco is in search of a Graphic Design Lead, capable of leading teams, and clients by blending strategy and design to tell powerful stories about our work. The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in graphic design with a passion for brand building and strategic storytelling. While continuing to hone and explore your craft, you will also be responsible for collaborating with and leading design teams through projects/programs.

Once you are here you will:

A Graphic Design Lead makes the biggest impact by being a visual storyteller. Your skillset is critical to our work and business because you love combining your interest in creating an impact with your ability to make things clear, beautiful, and engaging. You will work across industries and disciplines, and contribute to and lead the entire design process. We count on you to be comfortable working across a variety of media or mediums, from analog to digital.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Relevant experience:

  • 8-12 years graphic design experience
  • You have lead teams where harmonious collaboration is imperative.
  • You have experience creating, growing, or evolving brands and branded communication.
  • You can articulate a human-centered approach to design and be comfortable going out into the world for inspiration. You understand basic human-centered design philosophy, are comfortable with ambiguity and want to push design methodologies.
  • You have a passion for design, a pulse on emerging trends in design and culture, and a developed point of view about your work.
  • You can relate to individuals and nurture talent. You give and solicit feedback from other designers in order to continually raise our bar for quality.
  • You are able to distinguish between “good” and “great” work and are able to guide others in the pursuit of excellence.
  • You have strong verbal, written, and visual presentation skills. You understand the value of design and brand within a business context.
  • You can design and direct across a variety of media.

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and portfolio (or link to). Your portfolio should include at least 4 examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.  

Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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